Severe Allergic Reaction

What is anaphylaxis?

Anaphylaxis and throat swelling is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction. This serious reaction happens within seconds to minutes after you take the drug, bee sting or food allergy. With this type of reaction:

You may experience:

  • Feeling of faintness
  • Severe apprehension
  • Swelling of mouth, lips, tongue or throat
  • Rash or swellings anywhere on body
  • Difficulty with breathing, talking or swallowing
  • Cough and/or wheeze
  • Blue lips, loss of consciousness

Laryngeal Edema (Throat Swelling)

  • Feeling of a severe lump in the throat
  • Feeling that the throat is narrowed
  • Choking sensation
  • Breathing becomes labored
  • Breathing becomes noisy
  • Harsh sound from the throat or whistling from the chest)
  • Lips may become blue (signifying obstruction to the oxygen supply)

EpiPen for severe allergic reactions

If you carry self-administered epinephrine (adrenalin), then you should take it immediately. If you do carry adrenalin, be sure you really know how and when to use it in an emergency. If you observe someone go into anaphylaxis, then be sure to put the person on their back and raise that person's feet. Call your local emergency telephone number immediately!

How We Can Help

Our Allergist, Dr. Judge may begin by taking a detailed history, looking for clues in your lifestyle that will help pinpoint the cause of your symptoms. You'll be asked about your eating habits, your family's medical history, and the frequency and severity of your symptoms. You may need allergy skin test to pinpoint the exact cause of anaphylaxis.

 

American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology
American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology